Monday, December 22, 2008

Have Yourself a Merry Vintage Christmas

A vintage tree stand works well with a repro silver tree....



I passed up about 8 of these at a garage sale years ago for about 25 cents each....STUPID ME! This was an eBay find....



Gotta love "Large Collection Trash Day" - Back in June after a nice dinner my friend Christian and I were taking the scenic route home - and decided to go garbage picking since there were mounds of things everywhere...this was the one find of mine that stayed in my home.



For more photos of the rest of the trash, check out http://christianmontone.blogspot.com/2008/06/things-we-throw-away.html

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cookie-A-Palooza! - Part 2



Another recipe rescued from the clippings of Mom - she made these every year and I have kept up the tradition -

Springerle

4 Eggs
4 Cups (1lb) Sifted Confectioner's Sugar
20 Drops Anise Oil
4 Cups Sifted Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Crushed Anise Seed




With an electric mixer, beat eggs till light. Gradually add sugar and continue beating on high speed for 15 minutes or until they are a soft meringue texture. Add anise oil. Sift together flour and baking soda. Blend this into the egg mixture on low speed. Cover bowl tightly with waxed paper or foil and let stand 15 mintues (to make the dough easier to work with). Divide the dough into thirds.

On a floured surface roll each into an 8 inch square, 1/4 inch thick. Let stand one minute. Dust springerle roller or mold lightly with flour and press onto square hard enough to make a crisp design. Cut apart with a sharp knife. Place on a lightly floured surface and cover with a towel. Let stand overnight.

Grease baking sheets. Sprinkle with 1 1/2-2 teaspoons of crushed anise seeds. Brush excess four from cookies with finger. Rub bottoms very lightly with cold water. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes till a light straw color.

Makes 6 dozen cookies.



- I have been making these for years - a bit odd and somewhat disturbing that you leave un-baked cookies containing 4 eggs out overnight but thus far I have survived eating them - This year batch 1 did not work at all as the dough was way too dry. Not sure what happened but the best I can figure is that I measured the confectioner's sugar from a 5lb bag rather than just using one box. Perhaps I compacted it too much. Anywho - they are now resting for the evening and will be baked in the morning...keep your fingers crossed!


(shhhhh! They're sleeping!)

Cookie-A-Palooza! - Part 1

Its been 4 solid days of baking....including my favorite Sugar Cookie recipe that my Mother had as a clipping from the newpaper circa 1945 - Kris Kringle Cookies. These say Christmas to me!









Kris Kringle Cookies

1 Cup Soft Butter
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
3 Eggs
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda dissolved in 2 Tablespoons of Milk
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
About 5 Cups of Flour

Cream Butter and Sugar.

Add Vanilla, Milk, Soda and Eggs.

Then add dry ingredients sifted with about 3 cups of Flour.

Add enough flour to make a dough that may be rolled.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 8-15 minutes.

- That is directly from the clipping. I find 350 degrees for about 6 minutes does it right for me - watch these as they can burn in a matter of seconds!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vintage finds meet Rimfrost and Skimra

A $15 pair of crystal lamps missing the majority of their crystals couldn't be left behind at a flea market - they were so pretty and I figured it would be easy enough to find crystals to replace those that were missing. Well, I found them all right - averaging about $5 EACH so so much for my bargain!!



While roaming around Ikea I found a pendant light shade dripping with crystals for $12 - A Rimfrost was added to my bag of Ikea goodies.



With lots of crystal drops leftover I have a great pair of lamps for maybe a total cost of $20....what to do with all the extra sparkley goodness.....I am sure I will think of something.



This pair of dresser lamps was too good to pass up for $5 - and I needed them like I need a hole in my head, but for $5 whats a guy to do? $15 for re-wiring materials (they were wired with really scary rotted cloth wires!) and 2 nifty Ikea Skimra shades for $5 each (with a bit of work to make them fit a non-Ikea lamp...) and I have a fab pair of dresser lamps that seel to fit perfect on my dresser...



Thursday, August 28, 2008

A visit to Asbury Park

A fun visit to Asbuy Park to check on the progress - its nice to see the redevelopment happening -



The Walk-through to Ocean Grove has a new roof and there was lots of construction taking place in the Carousel building.












A new roof on the Carousel Building as well and the circular part of the building is currently being used as a make-shift theatre where a successful prodcution of "Hair" is currently running.








After a great burger in Sea Bright, an amazing sunset walk on the beach followed....

Christian doing what Christian does....





A super fun and nice lazy end of summer day - Thanks Asbury for a great day!! (and Christian too!!)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Renningers - Adamstown, PA

A visit to my brother and sister-in-law's home in PA rewarded me with a trip to Renniger's in Adamstown, PA - a huge flea/antique's market - its always fun to see all the "stuff" and I even came home with a few nifty bargins!!







A Day at the Fair

Sussex County Fair - August 2008 - A fun day was had by all!!

























Saturday, July 26, 2008

Welcome Avery!!

My friends Steve and Janie welcomed Avery into the world on July 22 - Mom, Dad and Baby Avery are doing fine and they are a beautiful family!!

Deciding to make a baby blanket I started one in cream, didn't like the pattern, and started another one - went to get more yarn to finish it and picked up some pink yarn since Janie and Steve were having a girl - the mint green also looked so soft and pretty (and the store was having a great sale!) so that came home with me too. Figuring that babies soil things quickly I thought multiple blankies might come in handy. After the cream, pink and green ones were finished I used the scraps to make one more that turned out to be my fave.


I hate when I make a mistake and have to yank a round out from the beginning - ugh.











Welcome to the world Avery!!